A new poll from Morning Consult shows most voters favor fair trade.
“Most Americans support free trade,” American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said, “and most farmers do, too. Exports account for almost a quarter of American farm receipts, so opposing fair trade agreements like TPP doesn’t make a lot of sense to rural America.”
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Among other things, the August poll found:
-57% of registered voters have a favorable view of “fair trade.”
-50% said they would be more likely to support TPP if they knew it would provide new markets overseas for U.S. farm products.
-After Americans were told TPP would increase net farm income by $4.4 billion and agricultural exports by $5.3 billion, 52% said they would be more likely to support TPP. More than half (51%) say an estimated increase of 40,100 jobs resulting from the agreement would make them more likely to support TPP.
-52% of voters say they would be more likely to support TPP if they knew the deal would increase annual income in the U.S. by $131 billion.
-69% of voters support trade policies that will open new markets for U.S. products and U.S. farmers while less than one in 10 (8%) oppose.
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“Most trade deals start out with loud opposition, only to fade away once the details become known,” Duvall said. “We are convinced TPP is no different: The more people know, the more they will support this vitally important agreement.”